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Students Premier Music Compositions at Talent Showcase

When Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart began composing at the age of 5, the world did not know the master he would grow to become. That may well be the case for any or all of the six One Webster students whose compositions were recently performed at the Talent Showcase.
 
photo of David Bobowski
David Bobowski

Advanced (AP) music teacher Laura D’Angelo asked her students if they had any compositions they would like to be shared at the December 14 event.  Webster Thomas students David Bobowski, Annabelle Chung and Arthur Koren, and Webster Schroeder students Phillip Unke, Christopher Wise and Zazie Weldgen stepped forward to wow the audience with pieces ranging from classical to contemporary to electronic. Most of the young composers’ pieces were put into a slide show, of sorts, that was played before the show, during intermission, and at the close of the evening.
 
photo of Annabelle Chung
Annabelle Chung

Annabel Chung is known by her peers as a gifted violinist. Her performance of “Tell Me It’s OK” enabled her peers to see that she’s also a gifted guitar player and singer. “It’s about feeling lost in looking at college and what to do for the future,” the junior shared of her composition. Annabel used an acoustic guitar and recorded the piece on her cell phone, which she later used to create a video.
 
“It was cool because at school I just play the violin. I don’t really sing so it was new to many (in the audience),” Annabelle noted.
 
photo of Arthur Koren
Arthur Koren

David Bobowski had four compositions in the Talent Showcase, all of which he created utilizing the electronic app MuseScore. It has MIDIs, electric instruments that sound similar to real instruments which means that all of his pieces may also be played by actual musicians.
 
The first composition, translated from Spanish to “Kiss Me”, is a classical guitar and harp duet. His second piece is Sextuplet for Winds and Strings with three movements and is performed by two flutes, one clarinet, two violins, and one cello. He’s hoping that he will be able to play this piece (he plays clarinet) live along with several other classmates at his school’s next Prism concert. 
photo of Phillip Unke
Phillip Unke
 
David, who has been composing music since seventh grade, also had his compositions “Each Other’s Company” and “Somber Skies” played. 
 
“I think starting is the hardest part,” he said of writing, adding, “It’s fun to me.”
 
Arthur Koren’s piece was also electronic. He composed “I Don’t live in Reality”.
 
Chris Wise and Phillip Unke have been creating electronic music together since they became friends in middle school. Chris said it’s nice to work off of someone else as opposed to trying to come up with everything on your own. Phillip agreed, adding that it provides direction.  “At first, I wasn’t good,” Phillip admitted. “But it’s like a sport, or anything. You’ve got to put the time in.”
 
photo of Christopher Wise
Christopher Wise

Their typical sound, created on Ableton Live 10 software, has an edge to it, but for the Talent Showcase they chose to create something that catered more to the audience (a.k.a. parents) and composed a more subdued untitled piece in G minor.  
 
Composing music since the fifth grade, Zazie Weldgen has created several pieces of music too, but the one she chose to sing at the Talent Showcase was “I’m So Sick of Drowning,” which she performed live. Her early compositions were rock driven. Then she transitioned to guitar and one person. “Currently the majority of my musical compositions fall under the Alternative genre but I use a lot of jazz stylized chords and I try to write under as many music genres as I can,” she explained.
 
photo of Zazie Weldgen
Zazie Weldgen

So, keep an eye, and an ear, out for these names: David Bobowski, Annabelle Chung, Arthur Koren, Phillip Unke, Christopher Wise, and Zazie Weldgen. Who knows? Maybe one day they will be counted amount the great composers of our time!
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